52 Units Could Replace Warehouses Near Tonnelle Avenue Station

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1600 1606 53rd Street North Bergen Google Street View
Site of the proposed development. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

An industrial property in upper Hudson County is set to undergo a major conversion that will transform it into a residential community.

Currently, the property at 1600-1606 53rd Street in North Bergen contains multiple attached masonry and metal structures that have been used as warehouses or for manufacturing purposes by several companies over the years such as Crib World, Crib Outlet, AP United Millwork, and Harmony Juvenile Products.

However, the days of industrial operations remaining at this site could soon be over if a proposal by North Bergen Properties, LLC, which bought the property in July 2016 for $1.2 million, moves forward. According to a legal notice from the North Bergen Department of Public Affairs, the company is planning to demolish all of the existing buildings on the site in order to construct a new development that would consist of two residential structures. Under North Bergen Properties’ proposal, each new building would be four stories tall and would contain 26 units on the upper three floors. Parking would be provided for tenants on the first floor of each building, and a courtyard would be constructed between the two structures.

The company applied earlier this year for Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval with variances for use, building and lot coverage, height, setback, and parking, according to the notice. North Bergen’s Zoning Board of Adjustment was scheduled to hear the proposal during its meetings on September 19th and November 1st.

The site, which stretches north from the corner of 53rd Street and Columbia Avenue past 54th Street, is situated directly adjacent to the Hoboken Cemetery in a neighborhood that contains a mixture of residential, commercial, and industrial uses. The Franklin Elementary School and Annex are located across the street from the warehouses, and the property is situated within close walking distance of the Tonnelle Avenue Station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail as well as stops on New Jersey Transit buses 83 and 127 to Hackensack, Ridgefield, Weehawken, Jersey City, and Manhattan.

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